US trade deal a "major priority" for Trump, says US ambassador - International

Erika Holt
July 9, 2018

The Trumps are scheduled to meet the queen at Windsor Castle Friday afternoon.

A spokeswoman for May said the British people were looking forward to his visit.

They will move on to Chequers for a working lunch and bilateral talks on a range of global issues, followed by a press conference.

U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson painted trade as a potential bright spot in the strong "special relationship" between Britain and the United States, which he said Trump meant to strengthen.

"Our armed forces have fought together for over a century and no two countries work closer together in defence co-operation and that element of the visit is a reflection of that".

Trump, who is to meet Theresa May and the Queen among others before spending two days in Scotland, will only spend the night in London on Thursday, the day of his arrival, staying at the United States ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, Winfield House.

A giant inflatable figure depicting Trump as a baby will also join the protest on Friday after London Mayor Sadiq Khan granted campaigners the authorisation to fly it.

Trump will arrive at London's Stansted Airport Thursday, following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"The prime minister has always said she wants to strike an ambitious trade deal with the US".

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He denied that Trump was spending little time in central London to avoid demonstrators.

A number of protests have been planned for the president's stay in the country, with the largest march due to be held in London next Friday. In January, Mr. Trump abruptly called off a planned visit to London because he wasn't happy with the deal the USA made to move its embassy in the city.

Asked about the president's thoughts on Brexit, the process of leaving the European Union that is putting British Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership under pressure, Johnson said the United States did not favour any particular form of EU exit.

Mrs May's spokeswoman said the balloon was a matter for the Greater London Authority but said: "As with any protest, we are a free and open democracy and we believe in the right to peaceful protest". Next week, Donald Trump is braving the hostile streets of Britain for a working visit that will involve an all-important selfie with the Queen, and a round of golf up in Scotland.

Mrs. May has publicly admonished Mr. Trump, including his trade agenda, and the two engaged in a Twitter spat previous year after Mrs.

His next stop will be Helsinki, Finland, for a much-anticipated summit on July 16 with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president and first lady will fly on Friday evening to Scotland. Blenheim is famed as the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

They added that Trump Baby "can become a permanent feature of this awful Presidency, a constant, unmissable reminder of the contempt with which this embarrassment of a man is held by everyone outside of his deranged, bigoted base".

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